Show future employers and principals that you're ready for the next step in starting your career. The Professional Distinction series is designed to help you become the best first-year teacher with a focus on building up your teaching identity and by providing strategies to manage the demands of being a teacher. Students who complete the series are awarded a certificate and signature cord upon graduation, denoting their Professional Distinction status.
The Professional Distinction courses are all designed to fit into your schedule! Courses are only eight weeks long and one credit each. There are in-person, online, and hybrid options available. At least one of the courses below always will be offered every semester (including summer) so adding one to your course load should be a snap!
The courses may be taken in any order. As long as you complete (and pass) at least three of them by the time of graduation, you will earn the certificate of Professional Distinction and be awarded the signature cord.
7 new courses are now offered during the 2021 Winter Session that all satistfy the Professional Distinction requirement. Please see the full list of Winter Session courses for class descriptions and further information.